Editorial: Time to Fix Broken Border Patrol

  By San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board The vast expansion of the Border Patrol after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has made it by far the largest law-enforcement agency in the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the patrol’s parent department, has 44,000 armed officers, more than double the number its component agencies had in 2001. Such heavy demand and rapid expansion were bound to lead to a few bad hires. Continue reading

Law Enforcement Experts Confirm No Control Over Border Patrol

  DHS advisory panel finds systemic failures in CBP Washington D.C./Border Region - Today, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Integrity Advisory Panel released a scornful series of recommendations that CBP must implement in order to address systemic failures in disciplining abusive or corrupt CBP agents and officers. Continue reading

Border Report: An ‘Astonishing Pattern’ to Border Patrol Shootings

  By: Enrique Limon Border Patrol agents’ shootings of individuals who throw rocks at them follow “an astonishing pattern,” a report reveals.   Continue reading

Johnson addresses state of southwest border security

  By: Douglas Brown Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson addressed the state of the nation’s border security last week, with a particular emphasis on the southern border. Continue reading

Report finds little progress at curbing Border Patrol abuses

  By: Brian Bennett The system for disciplining abusive or corrupt Border Patrol agents and officers is so flawed that it hardly acts to deter criminal misconduct in the nation's largest law enforcement agency, according to an independent task force that investigated the problems. The team's 49-page final report will be submitted Tuesday to a homeland security advisory council that commissioned it, and then given to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. A copy was obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Critics long have accused U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, of ignoring or downplaying abuses by agents and officers, including shootings of unarmed people, and of doing too little to stem systematic corruption by drug cartels, smugglers and other criminals. Continue reading

Panel: US border agency needs more anti-corruption agents

  By Elliot Spagat SAN DIEGO — A panel of law enforcement experts found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made little movement on a call to sharply increase the number of agents assigned to investigate internal corruption, calling it a mistake that could lead to a major scandal if it isn't addressed more quickly. The panel, led by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Karen Tandy, urged the nation's largest law enforcement agency in June 2015 to more than double the number of internal affairs criminal investigators to 550 from about 200. It said the agency's 2017 budget calls for an increase of only 30 investigators, meaning it would take about a decade to fulfill the recommendation at that pace. Continue reading

Time for CBP to hold its agents accountable

  For almost six years, the Hernandez Rojas family has asked our government to provide them with vindication and justice for the preventable death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas. In 2010, Anastasio, a longtime resident of San Diego, was brutally beaten, shot with a Taser and killed by 13 U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. Since his death, the Hernandez Rojas family has been subjected to delaying tactics and refusals to prosecute. Not only has our justice system failed this family, it has failed our communities. Continue reading

How new border security changes could affect Canadians visiting the U.S.

  Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says a series of border security changes that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed upon this week are designed to make cross-border travel "smoother." Speaking on CTV's Question Period, Goodale said the new rules will impact preclearance procedures, information-sharing, and no-fly lists in the two countries. Continue reading

8 San Diego Eateries Among Yelp's Top Places to Eat in U.S.

  From Chula Vista to Carlsbad – and tacos to barbecue – eight local eateries have landed on a newly-released list of Yelp’s top places to eat in the United States. Amid a plethora of delicious dining destinations across the country, Yelp has named the following San Diego-based businesses among the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. in 2016” – at least based on rave reviews from Yelp users: Continue reading

Artesanía gives voice to Mexican heritage in southern Arizona

  By Matthew Scheurman Rainbow-colored telavera animals crowd the outside of Casa Maya de Mexico in the self-described “artist colony” of Tubac where metalwork shaped into suns and moons, paper mache skeletons from Día de los muertos, and wooden religious figures join them. María Troy, who has worked at Casa Maya de Mexico for the last two years, helps bring many of the goods from Mexico to sell here. Continue reading

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